LAWRENCE — A nearby state park might soon be the site of a large lake resort.
Potential developers now are eyeing Clinton Lake State Park for a 175-room hotel and conference center, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reported Wednesday. Developers and stakeholders attended a pre-bid meeting July 2 at the state park and were briefed by the Kansas Department of Administration staff regarding the project, according to a press release from the parks department.
“This project is a big step toward enhancing outdoor tourism in Kansas,” Robin Jennison, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism secretary, said. “I believe the economic impact will be felt by more than just the Lawrence area because visitors will get a snapshot of the outdoor opportunities all of Kansas has to offer.”
Developers have mulled the idea of a lake-side, destination resort for several years, though the start of the bidding process is a new step forward toward making the project a reality, the release said. Proposals for development of the facility will be accepted by the Kansas Department of Administration through July 17.
“We know such a facility will bring new visitors to the area and let them experience what Clinton Lake and Clinton State Park have to offer,” Linda Craghead, assistant secretary of the parks department, said. “Once they see how beautiful this area is and experience the amazing recreational opportunities available, we think they’ll come back. This is a win-win for everyone.”